Under 20s name team for Donegal trip

Peter’s McDonnell’s Armagh travel to Ballybofey tomorrow evening to take on Donegal in the preliminary round of the under 20 Ulster Championship.

The Tir Chonaill men were last years beaten finalists and will head into the encounter as favourites.

The Mullaghbawn man has named a strong starting line up. Many of the youngsters impressed in the club championships last year.

Shea Magill is a fantastic netminder and remains the number one contender for Blaine Hughes’ senior goalkeeper jersey.

Peter McGrane is a tight-marking defender and the Ballyhegan man has been called up to Kieran McGeeney’s senior ranks recently.

Lee Rice has established himself on the Killeavy senior team while Oran McKeown is a no-nonsense full back.

The half back line of Redmond French, Lennox Camara and Aidan Harney have all picked up College All-Star awards in recent years.

Niall McCorry and Eoin Woods enjoyed good seasons for their clubs in 2020 and form a solid centre-field pairing.

Dara O’Callaghan is a special talent, and was one of the stars of the senior championship last season, helping Crossmaglen reach the showpiece.

Carrickcruppen’s Tiernan Kelly has recently been on a soccer scholarship in the USA and lines out at wing half forward, with Jamie Martin in the centre.

The inside line of Joe Sheridan, Mark McKeever and Louis Hughes are sure cause serious problems for Donegal.

Seven of the starting 15 faced Donegal in the 2019 minor championship, also played in Ballybofey.

Donegal won that pulsating affair, 2-18 to 2-12. Tullysaran dangerman Mark McKeever top scored that day with 1-2.

The Orchard County were second best in the opening round of the under-20 competition to Tyrone last season, 1-9 to 0-8.

They have retained Shea Magill, Eoin Woods, Niall McCorry and Dara O’Callaghan from the starting line out that day.